NIU at Western Michigan College Football Picks and Predictions 11/20/2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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The NIU Huskies head to Waldo Stadium to play the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has NIU as 5.5 point favorites. The Huskies are 6-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-9-0. The Broncos are 3-8-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 6-5-0.
Valuable NIU Huskies Betting Trends
The NIU Huskies are 2-9-0 against the over/under
The NIU Huskies are 6-5-0 against the spread
Important Western Michigan Broncos Betting Trends
The Western Michigan Broncos are 6-5-0 against the over/under
The Western Michigan Broncos are 3-8-0 against the spread
Key NIU Huskies Injuries
10/25/18 CB Albert Smalls Undisclosed is out for season
Key Western Michigan Broncos Injuries
10/28/18 QB Jon Wassink Ankle is out indefinitely
10/18/18 OL Mark Brooks Leg is out for season
06/27/18 DL Steven Clark Medical is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The NIU Huskies are 123rd in the country in points scored with 218. They have run 794 plays this year for 3,554 yards, which ranks them 120th in Division 1 in total offense. The Huskies average 4.5 yards per play, which is 126th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 210 1st downs this season, ranking them 94th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground NIU has run for 2,014 yards as a unit, which ranks 51st in college football. They've run 476 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Huskies have been penalized on offense 75 times for 695 yards so far this year, which has them 42nd in the country in penalties. Marcus Childers has passed for 1,540 yards this year. He's completed 177 throws while attempting 314 passes for a completion percentage of 56.4%. His quarterback rating this season is 103.6. He averages 4.5 adjusted yards per throw and 4.9 yards per pass attempt.
NIU is 25th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 223. They have given up a total of 3,749 yards on D, which is 28th in D-1. The Huskies are 11th in yards per play allowed with 4.6. Opponent offenses have completed 218 throws on 380 attempts against the NIU Huskies defense this season, ranking them 95th and 109th in the nation. The NIU pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,559 yards in the air, which is 75th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 443 attempts for 1,190 yards this season, putting them in 14th place in the country against the run. The Huskies have had 67 penalties for 524 yards on defense this year. That places them 30th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
NIU is 48th in the country in punt returns with 18. They've totaled 129 punt return yards and average 7.2 yards per return, which is 85th in D-1. They have returned 12 kicks for 197 yards on special teams, which puts them 124th in kick return yardage. The Huskies average 16 yards per kick return and they are 124th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,880. The NIU Huskies have tried 15 field goals this year and made 10, which is 84th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 67%. NIU Huskies kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 22 for 22 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,948 yards on 73 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranks them 83rd in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Broncos have run for 2,366 yards as a team, which ranks 28th in college football. They've run 482 times, averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Western Michigan Broncos have been penalized on offense 70 times for 652 yards so far this season, which has them 50th in the country in penalties. They are 35th in the nation in points scored with 370. They have run 805 plays this season for 5,007 yards, which ranks them 50th in Division 1 in total offense. Western Michigan averages 6.2 yards per play, which is 43rd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 259 1st downs this year, placing them 26th overall as an offensive unit. Kaleb Eleby averages 8.3 yards per pass attempt and 8.2 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 53 passes on 76 attempts for a completion percentage of 69.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 151.7. He has thrown for 632 yards this season.
The Western Michigan Broncos rush defense has allowed 407 attempts for 1,922 yards this year, putting them in 79th place in D-1 against the run. Western Michigan has committed 73 penalties for 607 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 71st in college football. They are 108th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 380. They have surrendered a total of 4,278 yards on D, which is 67th in the country. The Broncos are ranked 102nd in yards per play allowed with 6.1. Opposing offenses have completed 172 passes on 290 attempts against the Western Michigan defense this season, placing them 23rd and 16th in Division 1. The Western Michigan Broncos pass defense has also given up a total of 2,356 yards through the air, which is 58th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Western Michigan Broncos have attempted 12 field goals this season and made 8, which is 114th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 67%. Western Michigan kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 44 for 47 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,733 yards on 47 punts, averaging 37 yards per punt. That places them 127th in Division 1 in punting average. Western Michigan is ranked 68th in the nation in punt returns with 17. They've accumulated 343 punt return yards and average 21.4 yards per return, which is 1st in college football. They have returned 31 kicks for 468 yards on special teams, ranking 78th in kick return yardage. The Western Michigan Broncos average 15 yards per kick return and they are 23rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 5,818.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Broncos college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Broncos +5.5
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